Friday, June 26, 2009

Camera Critters: Cape Hyrax

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a Cape Hyrax (Procavia capensis) - a small animal about the size of a big rabbit that is related to elephants and manatis/dugongs. The teeth are the most obvious sign for that. They have feet with soft pads that allow them to jump and climb very deftly, something that is a bit surprising given their plump bodies.
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pictures taken at Hagenbecks Tierpark, published with kind permission

More cute critters at the Camera Critters meme

12 comments:

Indrani said...

We don't get to see them here, you have captured them in your lens so well.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Hmm, hard to imagine them being related to such large creatures. Very interesting!

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello! Cool post and many thanks for introducing this cute new friend!
purrs and love
Luna(from Brazil)

Snap said...

How interesting. I've never seen one before. Thanks for the photo and info.

Marie Reed said...

Related to elephants? Now THAT is fascinating!

Mara said...

I have never heard of them, but they sure look cute!

i beati said...

fascinating

Anna said...

Very nice. I'd never seen or heard of these before.

Brooke said...

I've never seen one before. Their faces remind me of a beaver. They're kinda cute, aren't they?

Erin said...

oh what a cute little critter...

Arija said...

Sind im Hagenbecker Zoo die armen Kangaroos immer noch in der elenden kleinen Umzaeunung?

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